RATM’s Second Coming Will Hopefully Continue In The Coming Years

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The end is near!  The end of the year that is.  The end of 2017 is only 48 hours away at the time of this post.  With time quickly ticking away, there is still a lot of work for this critic to do with year-ender lists.  Considering this, we’ll get right into it with one last list for the year’s new albums in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  This list was perhaps the most difficult of all for this critic to assemble.  That is because of the amount of top quality material released across the musical universe this year.  From punk to pop to jazz, world, rock and more, there were a lot of great records released over the past year.  Keeping this in mind, coming up with this was no easy chore, to say the least.  It was finally accomplished, though, and includes titles from the worlds of rocks, jazz, country and even world music.

Leading off this year’s best new album — in this critic’s ears and mind — is Ala.Ni’s debut album You & I.  This record is a beautiful work that despite being marketed as jazz, could just as easily fit into any adult contemporary pop radio station’s rotation.  Also included in this year’s finale are new releases from country music superstar Chris Stapleton, New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, emo-punk band Young Fox’s new album and much more.

As with every previous list, this list features this critic’s Top 10 choices as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

  1. Prophets of Rage — Prophets of Rage
  2. Ala.Ni — You & I
  3. Jazzmeia Horn — A Social Call
  4. Diana Panton — Solstice/Equinox
  5. Fer Isella — Art of the Possible
  6. Nova Collective — The Further Side
  7. Scale The Summit — In A World of Fear
  8. Mike Mangioni & The Kin — But I’ve Seen The Stars
  9. John 5 & The Creatures — Season of the Witch
  10. Dishwalla — Juniper Road
  11. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  12. Chris Stapleton — From A Room Vol. 2
  13. Young Fox — Sky Beats Gold
  14. Gary Numan — Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
  15. Marc Broussard — Easy To Love

That’s it, folks.  As noted, this was not an easy list to assemble by any means.  Trying to determine which albums likely would have a certain amount of longevity through through musical and lyrical messages was a tough task.  One cannot ignore the fact that what with the nation’s current political climate, the second coming of Rage Against The Machine was one of this year’s most important and standout efforts.  In the same breath, the gentility and beauty offered by Ala.Ni, Jazzmeia Horn and Diana Panton makes their albums certain to stay in peoples’ minds and ears.  Fer Isella’s new album, while instrumental is like the soundtrack to any major Hollywood drama such as Bridges of Madison County and other similar movies.

The jazz fusion feel of Nova Collective’s debut record and the prog rock of Scale The Summit’s latest record stand out just as much.  Mike Mangioni & The Kin may stay under the radar, but that’s just fine with this critic.  The group’s new album is a great independent offering.  Dishwalla’s new album is a wonderful return for the band while John 5 & the Creatures’ new album is yet another example of how truly talented the guitarist truly is and that he made the right decision leaving Marilyn Manson’s band.

It is easy to go on and on about every album noted here.  Regardless of the band’s fame, the fact of the matter stands that each album listed here is one that this critic feels is impacting and important for the given act and for the music community in whole.  That being the case, this list stands as this critic’s best new albums of 2017.  Now with all of the music stuff out of the way, it’s on to a handful of DVD/BD titles including best new box sets for families and for grown-ups, best new DVDs/BDs for families, and even best new documentaries.  So stay tuned for all of that!

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‘inFinite’ Will Live Infinitely As One Of Deep Purple’s Best Works

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Christmas has officially come and gone.  So has Hanukkah.  The presents have been opened and decorations likely have started being put away.  Even despite that, Phil’s Picks still has some gifts of sorts for everyone out there in the form of some more year-ender lists.  Considering that time is so tight, some of the lists, it turns out, might have to be ignored in favor of some others.  One of the lists that definitely will not be ignored before the year lets out is that of the year’s top new rock records.

The titles included in this list are separate from the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  Phil’s Picks has a list of those albums on the way. Before getting to that list though, the focus here will be on the year’s top new rock records.  Topping the list of this year’s best new rock records from this critic is Deep Purple’s latest (and likely last) full-length studio recording InFinite.  The album was just recently re-issued with the band’s latest live recording The inFinite Live Recordings Vol. 1 only months after the album’s original release.  The record’s oftentimes blues-based rock arrangements show this band is at the top of its game, even as it seemingly winds down its life.  The lyrical themes exhibited throughout the album are just as interesting as its musical arrangements.  It is definitely a memorable recording that deserves every accolade.

Also on this critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums is Foo Fighters’ latest effort Concrete and Gold.  This record is more proof of the band’s willingness to try new things and grow on each album and the success that can and does come with that willingness to branch out, rather than churn out the same thing time and again.  It’s just one more of the albums on the list this year.  Also included in this year’s list are new albums from Scale The Summit, Prophets of Rage, John 5 & The Creatures and a number of others.  As with every list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 best new albums in its category plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Now with all of that having been said, presented here is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Deep Purple — inFinite
  2. Foo Fighters — Concrete & Gold
  3. Prophets of Rage — Prophets of Rage
  4. John 5 & The Creatures — Season of the Witch
  5. Scale The Summit — In A World of Fear
  6. KXM — Scatterbrain
  7. Dishwalla — Juniper Road
  8. Fozzy — Judas
  9. Hell or Highwater — Vista
  10. Gary Numan — Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
  11. At The Wayside — The Breakdown and The Fall
  12. Leprous — Malina
  13. Royal Blood — How Did We Get So Dark?
  14. Warrant — Louder, Faster, Harder
  15. Horisont — About Time

That’s all for this list.  It is not the last list, though.  There are still lists for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums, the year’s top new albums and select DVD/BD lists.  As many lists as possible will be posted up from here on out, so stay tuned for all that and more.

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Gary Numan Unveils New LP’s Second Single

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Gary Numan is giving audiences yet another preview of his new album.

The veteran performer and musician debuted this week ‘What God Intended,’ the second single from his upcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World).  The song is a start departure from the album’s lead single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ as is evidenced in the song’s arrangement.  Numan explained the arrangement in his own words in a a recent interview about the song.

“‘What God Intends’ is one of the stranger songs of the album,” Numan said.  “The choruses are mostly instrumental and the three verses, each entirely different from the other, all sit over a huge, slow moving groove.”

Audiences can hear the song now here.  Audiences who pre-order Savage (Songs From A Broken World) will receive an instant grat download of ‘What God Intended’ and ‘My Name Is Ruin.’

Numan will embark on a North American tour this fall and winter in support of Savage (Songs From A Broken World) beginning Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through Dec. 16 in Austin, TX and includes stops in Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and a number of other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Gary Numan – Savage  

North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX
 

More information on ‘What God Intends,’ Savage (Songs From A Broken World), Gary Numan’s upcoming live dates and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://garynuman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Debuts ‘My Name Is Ruin’ Video

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Gary Numan debuted the video for his latest single ‘My Name Is Ruin’ this week.

The video comes only weeks after he first premiered the song, which is the lead single from his upcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World). The album is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 15 via BMG Music and will be available on Cd, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFit platforms.  Its full track listing is noted below.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
Standard CD Edition – Official Tracklisting 

01. Ghost Nation
02. Bed Of Thorns
03. My Name Is Ruin*
04. The End Of Things
05. And It All Began With You
06. When The World Comes Apart
07. Mercy
08. What God Intended
09. Pray For The Pain You Serve
10. Broken

The video – directed by Chris Corner — places Numan and his daughter Persia in the post-apocalyptic world described in a recent interview in which he describes the album’s concept. It is a vast, empty wasteland of deserts and mountains that heightens the emotion in the song’s arrangement and lyrical content. Audiences can view the video online now here.

Numan will hit the road this fall and winter in support of his new album for a roughly monthlong North American tour that begins Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA. The tour runs through Dec. 16 and currently includes performances in Seatlle, WA; Houston, TX; Brooklyn, NY and a handful of other cities.  The current tour schedule is noted below.

Gary Numan – Savage North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX

Tickets are available now for all dates, and can be purchased here.

More information on Gary Numan’s new video, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://garynuman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Premieres New Single; Announces New Album, Tour Dates

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Gary Numan is giving audiences their first taste of his next new album.

The veteran rocker debuted this week, the lead single from his forthcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World), which is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 15 via BMG Music.  The album’s lead single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is streaming online now here.

The song conjures thoughts of Fear Factory’s cover of Numan’s hit classic song ‘Cars,’ which was included in the band’s 2001 album Obsolete.  That is due to the song’s electronics-infused arrangement and Numan’s own vocal delivery style. Making the song even more interesting is that Numan’s 11-year-old daughter Persia provided backing vocals for the song.

An official video for the song is forthcoming, too, and an announcement about its premiere will come soon.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World), Numan’s 22nd full-length studio recording, is a semi-concept record that is set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming world in the not-too-distant-future. Much like in the classic Mad Max movies, technology is gone along with food, water and basic human decency.  The Eastern and Western world have become one, more out of necessity than anything else.

According to a news release about the album, it was being written in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to power in America.  It states Numan felt Trump’s dangerous views of climate change served as the basis for the album’s theme.

“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” Numan said.  “It’s about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they’ve done.  That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”

Savage (Songs From A Broken World) was produced by Numan’s longtime collaborator Ade Fenton, with the album being recorded in Los Angeles and in the U.K.  Numan praised Fenton for his work ethic, saying that ethic is what has made the pair work so well together for so long.

“Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard-working, even in difficult circumstances,” Numan said.  “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him; he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”

Numan’s new album will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFit formats. Its track listing is noted below.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
Standard CD Edition – Official Tracklisting 

01. Ghost Nation
02. Bed Of Thorns
03. My Name Is Ruin*
04. The End Of Things
05. And It All Began With You
06. When The World Comes Apart
07. Mercy
08. What God Intended
09. Pray For The Pain You Serve
10. Broken
*The vinyl format adds “If I Said” (track 9) and “Cold” (track 12),

while “If I Said” also features on the deluxe CD (track 10)

Courtesy: BMG Music

Numan will hit the road this fall in support of Savage (Songs From A Broken World) beginning Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA.  The tour starts in San Diego, CA before heading up the west coast and into Canada for a short stint north of the border. The tour also includes dates in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, ending Dec. 16 in Austin, TX.

The current schedule for Numan’s upcoming tour is noted below.  Tickets are on sale online now for each date here.

Gary Numan – Savage North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, WA
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX

More information on Gary Numan’s new album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://garynuman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Debuts Video For Latest Single

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Courtesy: Machine Music USA, Inc.

Gary Numan debuted the video for his new single ‘I Am Dust’ this week.

The video, directed by Logan Owibeemoth, presents Numan, can be viewed online now at http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/gary_numan_made.html. It presents Numan performing his song against a series of vintage VHS style video effects. The effects were done by Omebi Velouria, using a Tachyons+ video glitch synth to get the vintage effects.

Tachyons+ is actually a group of individuals that takes vintage video gear and alters it to generate whole new methods and means of video editing. The effects used for Numan’s new video were done using a Tachyons+ video glitch synth done live using HI-8 camera and a standard CRT television. The full image was captured using a digital camera. No computer post production was used in the creation of this video.

Gary Numan is currently touring in support of his latest full-length album, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind). He will be performing live today at The Firebird in St. Louis, MO. That performance will be followed tomorrow with a performance at the Middle of the Map Festival in Kansas City, MO. Numan’s most current tour schedule is listed below.

Gary Numan — 2014 Tour Dates
WED 2 APR 2014 ST LOUIS, MO THE FIREBIRD
THU 3 APR 2014 KANSAS CITY, MO MIDDLE OF THE MAP FESTIVAL
FRI 4 APR 2014 ENGLEWOOD, CO GOTHIC
6 APR 2014 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE FILLMORE
FRI 23 MAY 2014 NEWTON, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND THE STUDIO
UN 25 MAY 2014 MT LAWLEY, PERTH ASTOR THEATRE
TUE 27 MAY 2014 BRISBANE THE TIVOLI
HU 29 MAY 2014 ADELAIDE, ADELAIDE HQ
FRI 30 MAY 2014 MELBOURNE THE HI-FI MELBOURNE
SAT 31 MAY 2014 SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES METRO THEATRE
SAT 16 AUG 2014 KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ALT-FEST
FRI 28 NOV 2014 LONDON

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Ume’s Latest LP Is One Of 2014’s Most Intriguing New Records

Courtesy:  Dangerbird Records

Courtesy: Dangerbird Records

Monuments, the new album from Ume, is one of the more intriguing records that has been released so far in 2014.  The Austin, TX-based band’s third full length studio release is such an interesting listen because at no point over the course of its dozen total songs does it ever allow itself to be fully pigeonholed into one specific subset of the rock world or another.  At one point, it bears something of a semi-stoner rock influence, while at others its sound is more indie-rock.  Add in the hybrid Joan Jett/Courtney Love style vocals of singer Lauren LL throughout the album, and listeners get in Monuments a record that is well worth at least one listen.

The album’s aforementioned semi-stoner rock influence is obvious right off the top in the album’s opener, ‘Black Stone.’  Langner Larson and her band mates—Rachel Fuhrer (drums) and Eric Larson (bass)—waste no time getting into listeners’ heads with their collective talent in this song.  Lauren LL’s song-opening guitar line is a standard mid-tempo rock riff that is certain to get any listener playing along on their own air guitar both in their bedrooms and cars.  Fuhrer and Eric Larson add just enough of their own heaviness to the song to have said listeners proudly putting their horns in the air at the same time.  Lyrically speaking, Langner Larson’s words are somewhat cryptic.  She sings in the song’s final verse, You never see/The cries of another/Never did see/The wars till the rubble/Crumbled on/You and me/The damage done/Battles are not/Ever won/Never won.”  Is it bad that Larson leaves her lyrics up to interpretation?  No.  That openness to interpretation set alongside the song’s equally engaging musical side makes ‘Black Stone’ a fitting feeling for what fans can expect throughout the rest of this record.

The energy and power established by the members of Ume in ‘Black Stone’ doesn’t stop with that song.  If anything, it’s stepped up even more as the album progresses.  This is evidenced in the song ‘Chase It Down.’  Again, the song’s seemingly metaphorical lyrics are left widely to interpretation.  The most common sense interpretation is that this is a song of self-empowerment of sorts.  Langner Larson asks her subject in the song’s chorus, “Are you the one they forget/Are you the one they love to neglect/Are you the one alone at last/Are you the one who won’t beg for it?”  She follows that up by telling said subject, “Chase it down/In this skin.”  One can’t help but wonder whom she is addressing here.  That is irrelevant here though.  She could be addressing anyone.  That being understood, it makes the frantic energy exuded by the band in this piece all the harder hitting, especially in the buildup to the song’s climactic finale.  It will all leave listeners breathless by the time that energy explodes in those final moments.

For all of the frenetic energy exuded throughout the course of Monuments, it does actually have its softer moments.  ‘Gleam’ is one of those moments.  Langner Larson shows real control over her vocals throughout the song even when it picks up about a minute and a half in.  That gentility in her vocals is wonderfully complimented by the almost poppy guitar line and reserved drumming on the part of Rachel Fuhrer.  If one listens very closely, one will even note what sounds like a mandolin playing ever so softly alongside Langner Larson’s vocals early on.  As subtle as the pairing is and as short as it is, it adds so much depth to the song.  It makes this one more part of an album that has earned the title of one of this year’s most intriguing new albums.

Audiences can hear any of the songs noted here and many more live as the band tours in support of Monuments.  The band is performing today alongside Blondie and Gary Numan in Austin, Texas at Brazos Hall.  The band has a number of other dates scheduled straight through May.  Fans can check out the band’s latest tour schedule online now at http://www.facebook.com/umemusic and http://www.umemusic.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.